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    "Taking the Stars"
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Dec 4, 09:53 -0000

    Alex wrote, in [NavList 1816] Re: Lecky's "Wrinkles" is online; (and
    I've changed the threadname).
    
    | For example, I recently bought Ifland's Taking the stars,
    | because George frequently cites it:-)
    | I did not expect much from this book, except
    | pictures, but if I had an opportunity to see it
    | in advance I would not spend $60 on it.
    
    =================
    
    Clearly, Alex and I have differing views about "Taking the Stars" by
    Peter Ifland, and he is perfectly entitled to his. As for me, I had
    seen it first in a library beforehand, and liked it so much that I
    ordered it straightaway, transatlantic shipping cost and all. It's
    true, that was more than I usually pay for my books. It is frequently
    taken down from my shelves to refer to.With permission of the
    Mariner's Museum, who published it, I have used several of its
    illustrations as slides, for a recent lecture on historical
    instruments.
    
    It would be interesting to learn, then, whether there are particular
    aspects of that book that cause it to fail Alex's value-test.
    
    Prospective purchasers should not be put off by Alex's comments, in my
    opinion. Except that I agree with him that it's wise to inspect any
    book for yourself before buying, if you can; and not rely entirely on
    someone else's opinion. We all differ, thank goodness.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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